Dec.1, 2021 Plants really do just want to grow! This is a 2020 Dahlia tuber stored in peat in the hoop house from April through November 2021.
They got absolutely no water and survived summer temps in the hoop house of 160°+. I couldn't help but pot a few up. I doubt they'll survive all winter in the pot, but it's a fun experiment.
Dec.10 2021 "So what do you do all winter?" That's a question I get asked a lot.
I do a lot of planning for next season, get ready for taxes, update mountains of paperwork, update the databases, get set up to start seeds; and from January - June, start seeds. Do repairs on the house, equipment, farm buildings, etc., update the website, "get" to do housework and on and on and on. Although our seed, plant, tuber and corm orders are placed, we need to double check what's come in, what's coming in, and what will not come in. Winter is a time to catch up on everything there is no time to do all growing season. And I do get time to read, cook, see my chiropractor and visit with some friends! (Here our friend Kurt is repairing our leaky skylights). We eat dinner before 10-11PM, have time for coherent thoughts, quit living out of the dryer, have an extra cup (or pot) of coffee in the morning, remember our vitamins. Make time to take care of ourselves a bit. (0: And before we know it, spring is here again!
Dec.3, 2021 We've had more rain than snow this December
Although limited snow fall helps us to continue fall clean up later into the season, snow cover is desired for plant protection and nutrients. Snow cover has been referred to as "Poor man's fertilizer".
Dec.2, 2021 I waited too long to get netting on the tulips!
The squirrels had started to get into them already. Besides netting, we added Bobcat Pee from Predatorpee.com.
Dec.4, 2021 It is a rare year we can continue fall clean up into December.
The more we can get done now, the less we have to do in the spring.
Dec. 29, 2021 Pat works really hard at keeping us warm all winter.
Our first choice of a fuel source is wood.
Dec. 17, 2021 This compost pile has heated up nicely.
We were still able to get compost down into mid-December this year.
Dec.8, 2021 Under this row cover are first year lavender plants.
Drying out during the winter can be a problem for some plants, especially lavender. The row cover helps prevent drying out from desiccating winds.
Dec. 14, 2021 This is one of the last annual beds to get cleaned up.
It is a blessing to be able to work in the fields so late in the season.
It was so nice to be able to visit their beautiful shop this holiday season. Walking through the door takes you into a magical wonderland.
Merry Christmas to All!
Wishing you all peace, love, health, serenity and hope this holiday season. This is a Christmas card sent to us by my Aunt and Uncle, and one of our favorites this year.
And That's the 2021 December News From the Funny Farm